The Flowers Won't Die, a novel by S.j. Cruz, ISBN:1496014320, $10.00 US, plus $5 s&h
Cruz's story of love and art takes issue with the difficulties of both. His anonymous protagonist speaks every language and knows every pitfall, but never capitulates to the darkness by losing his sense of humor. In "The Flowers Won't Die", Cruz is telling us that it's next to impossible for our fantasies to become realities, which is why we need those fantasies so much. His Newark, New Jersey is an overboiled melting pot, teeming with shady characters that never cease to be human.